1. Art & Cultural Events

Art Happenings at Neechi Niche in Neechi Commons

Neechi Niche, showcasing contemporary Indigenous art in the heart of the North End.

Location – 2nd floor 865 Main Street in Neechi Commons

Contact – Arlea Ashcroft – Neechi Niche Operations Manager / Curator

Emailneechiniche@gmail.com

Phone –  (204) 949-1338 ext 105 work

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A HEADS UP. NEECHI NICHE WILL BE CLOSED

ON GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 18, AND EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 20TH

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AYO! LANGUAGE HOUR at NEECHI COMMONS every Tuesday from 4-5pm

Each week we host the AYO! and language hour. A movement to revitalize our languages!

Tuesday April 8, April 22, May 6 join us and Sue Caribou for CREE language hour.

Tuesday Aprl 15, April 29, May 13 join us and Agnes Catcheway for ANISHINABE language hour.

All young people and community members are invited to participate! It is free to attend, we only ask that you bring tobacco and a couple dollars for the instructor.

For more info on the AYO! Aboriginal Youth Opportunites please visit their facebook page!!

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 April 1 /2014    OFFICIAL DENIAL - TRADE VALUE IN PROGRESS 

Leah Decter and Jaimie Isaac 

Sewing Action to take place on April 27/2013 from 12-4pm

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Jaimie Isaac and Leah Decter each engage in decolonizing artistic practices, dialogue and theory. They are Indigenous and settler, a curator and an artist, researchers with related but distinct interests and collaborators. In this talk they will discuss decolonizing methodologies through different exhibitions and projects: Indigenous and non-Indigenous, local, national and international.

Jaimie Isaac is an artist, curator and art administrator of Indigenous and British heritage. She is completing a Master of Arts at the University of British Columbia, with a focus on the agency and interdisciplinary art and curatorial projects around reconciliation, Indigenous identity and (mis)representation, resistance discourse, decolonization and Indigenity.

Leah Decter is aWinnipeg-based inter-media artist and scholar whose work has been screened and exhibited in Canada and internationally. Her art and research practices engage Canada’s colonial histories and legacies, and initiatives of decolonization through a critical settler lens. Leah holds an MFA from Berlin-based Transart Institute and is currently undertaking a PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University.

From Decter’s statement:
‘trade value’ is an ongoing body of work that builds on my practice of tampering with iconic elements of Canadian visual culture, in this case enlisting the Hudson Bay Company (HBC) point blanket. Redeploying the complex social history and contemporary associations of HBC point blankets through manipulation and relational activation each piece in ‘trade value’ confronts particular aspects of Canada’s settler colonial past and present with a view towards the future. I approach this work through a critical analysis of my position as a settler in relation to colonial realities and decolonizing movements.

From Isaac’s statement:
The (official denial) project privileges uncensored, cross cultural, intergenerational dialogue and critical exchange between diverse groups across Canada on the issues of colonialism, reconciliation, denial and truth, as it relates to all Canadians. As Indigenous and non-Indigenous collaborators, we work together to challenge colonial knowledge and utilize participatory methods that provokes inclusive dialogue.

http://oneeightyprojects.ca/?page_id=65

A sewing action, reception and Artist’s talk will follow APRIL 27,  12-4pm

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Bead Club is Back!!

Every Sunday from 2-4pm in Neechi Commons. FREE to All

In the spring of 2012 the University of Manitoba began a Beading Circle to support Walking With Our Sisters (WWOS).  Since finishing the work for the WWOS exhibit we have expanded the Bead Circle to include community members and anyone who is interested in beading.

We meet every Sunday at 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm at Neechi Commons on Main Street.  We are small group of dedicated individuals and range in beading skills – from newbies to advanced!

To join the beading circle is free.  However, we do have limited beading supplies – e.g. different colour beads, thread, scissors, leather (for vamps only) – but if you have your own supplies please bring them.  If you have projects you’d like to start or complete, or are completely new and need to know what you need to buy to even start, this is the Beading Circle for you!

Hope to see you there! a time to bead, chat and drink tea.

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MAY 2014     

CYBORG HYBRIDS  -  KC ADAMS

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Curator Cliff Eyland considers Adams to be among Canada’s most important young artists: “KC Adams uses herself and her aboriginal friends as subjects. Ever the fashionista, she creates glamorous and sexy photographs that give her subjects darker complexions, just like Vogue and W magazines do, but with the intention of imparting to them a more ‘aboriginal’ look.” http://www.kcadams.net/art/arttotal.html

KC’s Bio

Born in 1971, the Winnipeg-based artist KC Adams graduated from Concordia University with a BFA and works in medium that includes: sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking and kinetic art. She maintains her own website at www.kcadams.com showcasing her work and digital art projects. KC Adams has had several solo exhibitions, most recently Legacy at the Parramatta Artists Studios, Parramatta, NSW. She has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, Circuit City at My Winnipeg at la maison rouge in Paris, France, Cyborg Living Space II, The Language of Intercession at the OBORO Gallery in Montreal and Cyborg Hybrids at the PHOTOQUAI: Biennale des images du monde in Paris, France.

She has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, the Confederation Art Centre in Charlottetown, National Museum of the American Indian in New York and Canada Council’s International residency in Parramatta, NSW. She has received several grants and awards from Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. Twenty pieces from the Cyborg Hybrid series is in the permanent collection of the National Art Gallery in Ottawa, ten Circuit City prints to the Indian and Inuit Art Centre in Ottawa and Birch Bark Ltd. is in the collection of the Canadian Consulate in Sydney, NSW.

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May 22, 2014 The Winter We Danced – Book Launch

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Join editors and contributors at the Winnipeg Launch of #TWWD The Winter We Danced: Voices of the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement!
Brought to you by ARP Books (arpbooks.org)
Neechi Commons, 865 Main St., Winnipeg, MB
May 22, 2014 from  7-9pm
Join the facebook event page!!

The Winter We Danced is a vivid collection of writing, poetry, lyrics, art and images from the many diverse voices that make up the past, present, and future of the Idle No More movement. Calling for pathways into healthy, just, equitable and sustainable communities while drawing on a wide-ranging body of narratives, journalism, editorials and creative pieces, this collection consolidates some of the most powerful, creative and insightful moments from the winter we danced and gestures towards next steps in an on-going movement for justice and Indigenous self-determination.
More information about the book can be found here: http://arpbooks.org/books/detail/the-winter-we-dancedRoyalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the Native Youth Sexual Health Network.

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JULY 2014 – Kevin McKenzie – print exhibit

Artist Statement: This project was inspired by an object I found by chance, in the Exchange district of Winnipeg: a set of salt and pepper shakers at an antique shop. The figurines, from the 1950s, depict two highly-stylized Native American children. I immediately felt these romanticized characters would make an interesting retro photo piece, creating a genesis for my new exhibition. Abo-Retro examines the commodification of a culture. From the 1940s to the 1960s popular culture embraced Native America, this body of work extracts examples from this time period, and presents this material as a metaphor for our current political state of unrest

Kevin’s Bio

McKenzie’s multi-disciplinary arts practice includes solo and group exhibitions that have appeared locally, nationally and internationally. His practice includes: visual arts, photography and performance art—all of which are influenced and inspired by his traditional First Nations background and the ever-changing urban landscape. McKenzie has been the artist in residence at the Indian Art Centre in Ottawa and the Banff Centre for the Arts. His work is represented in the collections of the National Indian Art Centre, the MacKenzie Art Gallery and most recently the National Gallery of Canada’s permanent collection.

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Past Events:

Sunshine House Photography Show – March 12 – April 4

Info session with JD and The Sunshine band live performance March 29 @ 130 PM on the second floor of neechi Commons!!

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JD and the Sunshine band have been working with the clientele of Sunshine House to put together music and music videos. This photography  show focuses on the people behind the scenes in glorious black and white. All of this in preparation for a Sunshine House fundraiser.

We will schedule an info session for the next upcoming weeks and let you know when.

Mark your calendars! The date for JD and the Sunshine Band’s cd release/fundraiser is Wednesday, April 9th. Tix will be available soon and info about how to get ‘em will be posted on FB and on our website http://sunshinehousewpg.org/. Stay tuned!

Sunshine House is a harm reduction-oriented drop-in centre serving street-involved and homeless people, many of them affected by addictions, HIV, and HCV.

Sunshine House began in late 1999 with broad consultation between affected communities and several agencies including the Manitoba Aboriginal AIDS Task Force (MAATF) AIDS Shelter Coalition, Village Clinic, St. Matthews Maryland Anglican Church, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, Street Outreach Collective and Kali Shiva AIDS Services.

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Chris Friesen, photographer:

Born in ’87, I was raised in rural Manitoba, in the village of Rosenort. After high school I moved to downtown Winnipeg where I continue to live.  I Studied Photography in 2008-2009 at Prairie View School and continue to document life around me as I see it. I’ve been blessed with opportunities to use photography as a tool for connecting with people I otherwise may not have, which I believe is its ultimate use. It’s a means to an end. Those moments frozen in time hold a mirror to those involved -photographer included- and a window to those that wish to look.

www.chrisfriesenphotographer.com

Facebook for Sunshine House

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REBBECA BELMORE – TRACE workshops NOW until MARCH 30 2014

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Join Rebecca Belmore’s facebook page for her CMHR project TRACE. This way you can keep up with her happenings and discover when and where she is working as well as when you can come by and help her out!!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Trace-Project/494788387297172?fref=ts

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March 25 AYO! Cree language Hour at 4pm

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AYO! Present Cree Language Hour Tomorrow Tuesday March 25/14 from 4-5pm at Neechi Commons One hour of exploring the Cree language. Shout out to Sue Caribou for being willing to share what she knows. Young ppl, community members and lang…uage speakers are invited to revitalize the language (next Tuesday will be Anishinabe Language followed by Cree and so on)
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MARCH 21 , 1130Am – 130pm  kimiwan ‘zine collection Launch

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kimiwan is a quarterly publication that showcases words + art from emerging + established indigenous, first nations, métis, and inuit writers + artists. They are based in saskatoon, saskatchewan, treaty six territory. our name means rain in nehiyawewin (plains cree).

We are heading to Winnipeg

The kimiwan ‘zine crew will be in Winnipeg from March 21-23, 2014 and we hope you will spread the word.

On Friday March 21, 2014 we will be having a pop-up shop at Neechi Niche (inside Neechi Commons) at 865 Main Street from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.  On Saturday March 22, 2014 we are launching Issue Sixxx at Union Sound Hall. The event is hosted by Wab Kinew and will feature Big Freedia (the Queen of Bounce), and Winnipeg artists Namowan, Queerview and Clash ‘N Cooks. Doors open at 10:00 PM and the show starts right away, so come early.

We are happy to announce that our cover artist for Issue Sixxx is Kent Monkman, who will be receiving an Indspire Award in recognition of his contributions to the arts. Congratulations to Kent!

Our sixth issue titled “samikēwin” (touch) is a collaboration with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN)  an organization by and for Indigenous youth that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice throughout the United States and Canada. For more information about NYSHN please visit: www.nativeyouthsexualhealth.com

For those of you who will not be able to attend our events in Winnipeg you can always purchase ‘zines on our website http://www.kimiwan-zine.com. We now offer subscriptions, so you will never miss out on another issue again.

Tickets for the Issue Sixxx launch featuring Big Freedia are available:

Online: www.picatic.com/kimiwandoesywg

In person:
TUB-398 Portage Ave
Music Trader-97 Osborne St
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-Joi, Leah, Jarita & Melody

This issue is in partnership with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN), an organization by and for Indigenous youth that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice throughout the United States and Canada.

for more info email
email: kimiwan.zine@gmail.com
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March 15 Walking With Our Sisters - Bead In

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UofM, Red River College, and Neechi Niche are hosting a Bead-In gathering to support Walking with Our  Sisters: A Commemorative Art Installation for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and the United States

When:  Saturday, March 15  9am-5pm @ Neechi Commons, 865 Main St. (at Euclid)  – 2nd Floor, Tansi Restaurant

Tea, coffee and bannock will be offered through out the Bead-In.

Everyone is welcome!

Beading supplies will be available.

Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/636858033008183/

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March 11 AYO! Cree language Hour at 4pm

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AYO! Present Cree Language Hour Tomorrow Tuesday March 11/14 from 4-5pm at Neechi Commons One hour of exploring the Cree language. Shout out to Sue Caribou for being willing to share what she knows. Young ppl, community members and lang…uage speakers are invited to revitalize the language (next Tuesday will be Anishinabe Language followed by Cree and so on) https://www.facebook.com/events/482069485227506/
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March 4  at 4pm  AYO Language Hour!!

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BIINDIIGEN! (Come in!)

Tuesday March 4th @ 4pm – AYO! Language Hour has our 3rd (Niswi) Anishinabe Language Hour! You are invited to Neechi Niche in Neechi Commons for the 3rd Aboriginal Youth Opportunities Language hour – An invitation to revitalize language!!

We continue to have Agnes Catcheway in attendance. All young people and community members are invited to participate! It is free to attend, we only ask that you bring tobacco and a couple dollars for the instructor.

Facebook page can be found here.

(Future instructors & helpers needed, especially CREE SPEAKERS – plz msg the FB page or email info@ayomovement.com )

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March 8, 2014 Winnipeg Art Build for Dawn Marie Marchand

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MARCH 8, 2014 at Neechi Commons

From 2-6pm

In Fall 2013, I was approached by a community member who knew that the upcoming Truth and Reconciliation Commission was coming to Edmonton at the end of March. She had witnessed the power of the Walking With Our Sisters Exhibit to bring community awareness to an issue, give people a voice who haven’t always been heard and in some cases bring healing. She wondered if such a project could happen for Residential School Survivors and their intergenerational descendants who are st…ill affected even if they did not attend themselves. This project came out of this talk. It is currently untitled until I get confirmation from someone about the name.
The concept is simple: I need paper bricks. I will collage these bricks onto either stage walls or canvas walls. Much of the final installation will be left up to the venue of the installation. I will be working with local Indigenous Artists in the final construction but for now I need bricks. There is also an agreement with Blue Quills First Nation University to create a permanent public art feature using parts of this installation.
Who can submit? Any person who is affected by Indian Residential Schools, this includes survivors, descendants of survivors, spouses of survivors. This is an open call. I will work with however many bricks that I receive. I need 391 bricks to do one 10 x 10’ wall and would like to fill 4 walls. So ideally I need 1564 bricks. Unfortunately, I will not be able to return your bricks to you. They will become a permanent part of this installation. There is no limit to the amount of bricks you want to send in.
Content: Draw, paint, quilt or collage anything you want to show about Indian Residential School and how it affects your life.
Requirements: 1 3 x 9” piece of paper or flattened material. We have to be able to secure it to the wall so one side must be flat. 2 Please put your name, address and Nation on the back. Please also sign on the back confirming that you know your work will be part of an installation and will not be returned to you. There may also be photography of the installed work. I will not be photographing every piece but if you would like to post photographs on our page you are welcome to.
Recommendations: I would like to see a good portion on brown paper, like a lunch bag, brown bag, butcher paper, cardboard box but please feel free to use whatever paper or material you have available to you.
If you are collaging, please double check your adhesive is holding everything together. We don’t want to lose pieces.

Supplies provided by the Organizers.

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Artist Talk – Feb 8, 2014 at 2:00PM

AWAKENED SPIRIT - Lisa Delorme Meiler

Exhibition Runs January 14 – March 2, 2014

Artist statement. “Painting for me is a transformational process that inspires me to create and express thoughts, moments and moods that evolve into abstract visual forms of storytelling.”

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Lisa Delorme Meiler’s painting exhibit is up!!! She was interviewed in the ACU online newsletter check it out!!!!

Biography

Métis artist, Lisa Delorme Meiler is a born and raised prairie girl. Lisa has always had a love for the arts, throughout her life she has been surrounded by all things artistic. Her love of the arts cultivated by a family filled with artistic talent from musicians, songwriters, photographers, authors, woodworkers and artists. Growing up in a nurturing and creative environment she was encouraged to express herself artistically, through art.

Her strongest influences and what shaped her as a painter are her artistic family and her life experiences. She was born to a family of artisans of all kinds; her great grand father was an author and writer, her grandfather a woodworker and lover of nature, her grandmother an artist, writer and musician, her mother a singer, songwriter and artist, her father a singer, musician and t stop there, the majority of her aunts, uncles, cousins and siblings possess artistic abilities from music, photography to painting.

Over the years Lisa’s creative voice has evolved. After many years of not creating art, she picked up a paintbrush and began to paint once again. Moving to the countryside has given her a quiet perspective on life, allowing her to lose herself in the beauty of nature and the world around her. She discovered the joy of painting with acrylics on canvas. The pigment and fluid nature of acrylic and the texture of the canvas ignited her passion for painting and her artistic side. She found her voice, once thought lost, through painting. Painting allows her to create and express thoughts, moments, moods and memories and transform them into an abstract form a visual storytelling. Drawing from nature and life experiences, she is able to translate this into a vivid an expressive use of pigment paint and light into a visual window of and infinite moment in time.

Lisa views painting as an art, a visual expression where there are no rights or wrongs. Her art resonates differently with each person, all having different perspectives and viewpoints of what they see in her art. Her work prompts an emotional response and opens the door to our own imagination, connecting us to her paintings before us. Her work is something of beauty, capturing scenes surreal through an abstract depiction, through the use of light and texture. Her paintings like dawn and dusk transform in the light from night to day. Her painting are a great escape into a stream of thought.

Her hope is that her paintings ignite a love of art, and that persons feel an emotional response, a connection, and most of all that you enjoy the work  infinitely…

http://lisadelormemeiler.ca/

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Tuesday Feb 4th @ 2pm – AYO! Language Hour

You’re invited!!

On Tuesday February 4th from 2-3pm you are invited to Neechi Niche in Neechi Commons for the first ever Aboriginal Youth Opportunities Language hour!! The Special Guest at this event will be Agnes Catcheway, a fluent Anishinabe language instructor who helped to launch the AYO! movement in 2010.

Please bring an offering of tobacco for the instructor- admission is by donation (proceeds going to Agnes and AYO!

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Jan 30, 2014 from 1pm-4pm

GOT BANNOCK 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!

In honour of the Village we once had!!  Jan 30, 2014 at 1pm in Neechi Commons Parking Lot. For more info please visit the Facebook page.

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During the event there will be Free Lunch and Giveaway, Chili, Bannock, Popcorn, Hot Chocolate, clothing, jackets, boots, live entertainment.

Come and celebrate with Althea the Bannock Lady and Friends!!

Got Bannock is a grass roots organization that runs on good will, and the personal energy and dedication of Althea Guiboche. Every Thursday afternoon for the past year, Althea sets up her tables outdoors on the west side of Main Street at Dufferin, and serves a hot healthy meal to 100-150 people who need it. Some are homeless, others live in rentals that leave them without a budget for food. 100% of donations are returned directly to the community with love.

Donations are always welcome!

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January-March,2014 REBECCA BELMORE – TRACE

for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights

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One of Canada’s most celebrated contemporary artists, Rebecca Belmore, will create a large and prominent work of original work for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, President and CEO Stuart Murray announced from the mezzanine of Neechi Commons.

As part of the artist’s concept, the public will help create thousands of hand pressed clay ‘beads’ during workshops designed to include children, families, and people from diverse backgrounds. The finished piece will be displayed on an enormous 74 square meter wall in the Indigenous Perspectives Gallery of Canada’s new national museum, whichs open in September 2014.

Neechi Niche in Neechi Commons is very proud to have played host for the media announcement and to welcome Rebecca Belmore into our midst. Rebecca will have her studio and headquarters on the main floor of Neechi Commons for the next two months. Here she will invite everyone to participate and create hand pressed beads for her massive installation. The first workshop will begin Jan 25/14 from 10am -4pm.

This is an incredible opportunity for Neechi Niche and Neechi Commons to be involved and host the creation of such an incredibly important piece of work by Rebecca Belmore. The fact that it is for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights is even more fitting, since the North End has always been the ground zero for issues regarding human rights. Whether they be the basic necessities of affordable housing, access to fresh healthy foods, or a chance to freely express oneself in a gesture of creativity and inspiration without fear.

So please drop by Neechi and welcome Rebecca to the neighborhood, and help her create her great work of art. Then when it is complete and hanging in the CMHR you will be able to see your contribution. And feel that great sense of community through creation. Miigwetch

Click the following links to follow the press on Rebecca’s Show.

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Jan 21 7pm-9pm Walking With Our Sisters

3rd Winnipeg Community Meeting Hosted by Neechi Commons

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Walking With Our Sisters is a commemorative art installation to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and the United States; to acknowledge the grief and torment families of these women continue to suffer; and, to raise awareness of this issue and create opportunity for broad community-based dialogue on the issue.

Walking With Our Sisters is being fueled by hundreds and thousands of people who have chosen to become involved. Collectively we are creating one unified voice to honour these women, their families and call for attention to be paid to this issue. There is power in numbers, and there is power in art.

To keep informed of the upcoming Winnipeg Events and Community meetings, please visit the Walking With Our Sisters Facebook page.

For the past couple of months people have been gathering in Winnipeg  holding community meetings in support of this installation. We’re are working towards finding volunteers, creating other like-minded events that will coincide with the installation, and creating a community of respectful support. All are welcome to the community meetings so please come and join us.

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Jan 16,17,18, 2014 Manitoba Indigenous Writer’s Festival

An article in the Manitoban about the Manitoba Indigenous Writer’s Festival . Read it here!!

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Join us for three evenings of the finest emerging and established writers as they wow you with their words!!

Join the FACEBOOK event page to keep updated on happenings.

Join the Manitoba Indigenous Writer’s Group on Facebook

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Jan 15 4pm-6pm Traditional Food Art Postcards

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The Produce postcard show features works created by the kids of Norquay Community Centre and the Turtle Island Neighborhood Centre. The cards will be on display in the Produce Section of Neechi Commons. We will also be launching a series of 10 traditional food postcards produced by OUR FOOD OUR HEALTH OUR CULTURE (Food matters Manitoba). The cards will be available for FREE and feature the work of our North End youth, as well as stories, recipes, and information about the foods depicted. Collect all 10 and mail to family and friends to share the knowledge of our traditional foods!!.

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Nov 27 - Jan 7,2014  – NORTH END DREAMS – Inner City Youth Alive

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Inner City Youth Alive invited the children and youth between the ages 5-25, from Winnipeg’s North End to create a piece of art that expresses their dreams. The artists were asked to use art as a means of self-expression to show the world what their dream future would look like, regardless of the challenges they face today. The call for art was open to accepting any type of artistic medium whether it be drawing, painting, sculpture, poem or craft as long as the piece expresses their hopes, visions, and dreams.

Fifty-six works were created and submitted and Neechi Niche is so pleased to bring this explosion of creativity to the community. The children didn’t hold back and their work is an incredible sampling of the varied dreams that the kids in our community share full of vibrancy and life. Some dream of owning a farm, some of being a shoe designer, others a soccer player or to become an astronaut, still others dream of seeing their departed parents again if only for a moment. This art installation encapsulates all the joy, sadness,  heartfelt messages and dreams of our communities’ children. The original art call was created and put forth by Laurie Kozak of Inner City Youth Alive. The art work will appear at a banquet on Friday Oct 11, and then will be brought to Neechi Commons.

For more information please contact Laurie Kozak : laurie@icya.ca (204) 582-8779 ext 207 Location – 865 Main Street in Neechi Commons

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Oct 24 – Nov 26 – Mujeres De La Tierra / Woman of the Earth – Indigenous Women of the Americas – By Wanda Luna

Opening reception and artist talk Thursday Oct 24 at 7pm 2nd floor mezzanine in Neechi Commons

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Luna often investigates the role of storytelling in the connections between culture and the human body. In this connection Luna is also interested in exploring the bonds between indigenous nations. Piquing and interest in Chilean mythology, stories of Chilean medicine and heritage and their interconnectedness and similarities to other indigenous nations and creation mythologys from first nations across Canada and the role of women in these nations.

Wanda Luna is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, write, and community activist who draws on multiple inspirations to create a wide variety of artistic productions. Born in Chile, Luna moved to Canada, and currently resides in Winnipeg. Working primarily in paint and ink Luna is looking to expand her practice into installation. Wanda Luna is also the driving force behind the non-profit organization The Dream Room Project.

http://www.wandaluna.com/

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Thursday, Nov 28, 2013, 5 pm – 7 pm –Theodore Fontaine –

BROKEN CIRCLE – Book Reading and Signing

FREE EVENT Theodore Fontaine lost his family and freedom just after his seventh birthday, when his parents were forced to leave him at an Indian residential school by order of the Roman Catholic Church and the Government of Canada. Twelve years later, he left school frozen at the emotional age of seven. He was confused, angry and conflicted, on a path of self-destruction. At age 29, he emerged from this blackness. By age 32, he had graduated from the Civil Engineering Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and begun a journey of self-exploration and healing. In this powerful and poignant memoir, Theodore examines the impact of his psychological, emotional and sexual abuse, the loss of his language and culture, and, most important, the loss of his family and community. He goes beyond details of the abuses of Native children to relate a unique understanding of why most residential school survivors have post-traumatic stress disorders and why succeeding generations of First Nations children suffer from this dark chapter in history. Told as remembrances described with insights that have evolved through his healing, his story resonates with his resolve to help himself and other residential school survivors and to share his enduring belief that one can pick up the shattered pieces and use them for good.

Theodore (Ted) Fontaine is a member of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. He attended the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School from 1948 until 1958 and the Assiniboia Indian Residential School from 1958 to 1960. He is a regular speaker and media commentator on Indian residential schools and sees himself as not only a survivor, but a victor. Theodore led a mineral exploration crew in the Northwest Territories for a global mining corporation, was chief of the Sagkeeng First Nation from 1979 to 1981, and has worked for the federal Secretary of State Department and the Northwest Territories Region of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. He was executive director of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and served as a strategic advisor to the chiefs on Indian residential school issues. He was instrumental in negotiating and finalizing the national employment equity settlement with national corporations and the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Theodore is currently a director on the board of Peace Hills Trust, a national financial institution serving Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses across Canada, and is an end-of-life volunteer with the Manitoba Hospice and Palliative Care Association. He previously served on multiple boards and faculties including the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, the Manitoba Museum, the Banff Centre of Management, and the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON). Ted lives with his wife, Morgan, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. …………………………………………………………………………………………….

Nov 17 2013, Sunday, 2 pm: book launch with CHERIE DIMALINE, The Girl Who Grew A Galaxy

Join us Sunday Nov 17, 2pm at Neechi Commons for a reading and book launch with award winning author Cherie Dimaline. As she launches her new novel, THE GIRL WHO GREW A GALAXY. (Click here to see or download the book cover poster: Cherie Demaline GIRL poster ).

The event will be hosted by one of the most prolific Aboriginal authors in Canada, Lee Maracle! With readings from special guest Governor General Award winning Poet Katherena Vermette.

The Girl Who Grew A Galaxy written by celebrated Ojibway and Metis Author Cherie Dimaline, weaves together a story of struggle, hope, and magic. As the main character Ruby Bloom, experiences a series of traumatic childhood events, planets start to grow around her head. The book mixes contemporary INdigenous experience with fantasy and magic and will resonate long after you put it down. Lee Maracle is an award winning poet, novelist, performance storyteller, scriptwriter, actor, and keeper/myth maker. She has given hundreds of speeches on political, historical, and feminist sociological topics and has been described as a walking history book, an international expert on Canadian First Nations culture and history. Katherena Vermette recently won the 2013 Governor General’s Award for English Language Poetry for her book NORTH END LOVE SONGS! She is a Metis writer who works as a literary educator and has a work of children’s literature slated for publication in 2014. …………………………………………………………………………………………….

Sept 19 – Oct 21, 2013  — THE REDRess PROJECT – by Jamie Black

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The REDress Project is a visual art installation based on an aesthetic   response to the more than 600 reported cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Through the collection and public display of empty red dresses, the installation seeks to draw attention to, and create space for dialogue around, the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Aboriginal women. Following the installation in Neechi Commons, Jaime will be taking and presenting her REDress PROJECT in London, England. The project is also scheduled to appear in the newly built Canadian Museum of Human Rights upon the buildings completion.

Jaime Black Bio Jaime Black is an emerging, metis multidisciplinary artist based in Winnipeg. She studied English Literature at the University of Manitoba and has an Education degree from The Ontario Institute of Studies in Education. She has taught in Opaskwayak Cree Nation in the Pas, Manitoba, has worked developing art curriculum for the Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, and has long been involved in the Aboriginal writers and artists communities in Winnipeg. www.theredressproject.org

Following the installation of the Redress Project at Neechi Commons, the installation appeared in London, England and will also be in the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in 2014.

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Oct 17, 2013, Indigenous Writer’s Collective Poetry Jam with Special Guest Joseph Boyden

6 pm – 9:30 pm

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Neechi Niche is thrilled to welcome the Indigenous Writer’s Collective of Manitoba with special guest JOSEPH BOYDEN. The evening will be hosted by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair. ONE NIGHT JAM AND POETRY SLAM With roots that go back to the late 1980’s Manitoba’s irrepressible Indigenous Writer’s Collective continues to be subversive and irreverent. They are two parts tickle your funny bone, one part kick you in the groin and all parts that make you think.

JOSPEH BOYDEN is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. His first novel THREE DAY ROAD won the Amazon/ Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Roger’s Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award. His second novel THROUGH BLACK SPRUCE won the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize. He is set to release his new novel The Orenda this fall.

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Oct 6 – Sunday Book Chat –Celebrating the Anniversary Edition – SPIRIT OF THE WHITE BISON w/ host David McLeod, Author Beatrice Mosionier and Author David Alexander Robertson 1pm-3pm 2nd Floor Mezzanine of Neechi Commons Free Event A book chat followed by a book signing and a special preview of the upcoming TALES FROM BIG SPIRIT graphic novel series. SPIRIT OF THE WHITE BISON 30th Anniversary Edition

The great plains of North America was once home to large herds of bison. The Aboriginal peoples who lived there revered the Bison and relied on them for food, clothing, and shelter. Into one of these great herds, Little White Buffalo was born in the 19th century. In this heartfelt story, she retells her life a life that coincides with the devastation of the bison, destroyed by hunters and the coming of the railway. David McLeod is a member of the Pine Creek First Nation. He is a published author and member of the Indigenous Writer’s Collective. He is actively involved within the Aboriginal Community and works at Native Communications Inc. a province hWide radio network. Beatrice Mosionier, born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, is one of Canada’s foremost Metis Authors. Her bestselling In Search Of April Raintree, first published in 1983, is a Canadian Classic. David Alexander Robertson is a Swampy Cree writer and graphic novelist. He weaves his message of education youth about indigenous history and contemporary issues into his writing and speaking engagements.

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Sept 28  8pm – Bannock and the Big Screen

Presented by Neechi Niche and The Winnipeg Film Group during Nuit Blanche

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Screening in the Neechi Commons parking lot at 865 Main Street – Please bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. – (Inside if rain.) Neechi Commons and the Winnipeg Film Group are proud to present a sundown screening of short films and music videos created by First Nation and Metis filmmakers for Nuit Blanche Winnipeg! For the first time ever, we will be projecting films on the exterior of the Neechi Commons building right in the heart of the Main Street strip. Several filmmakers will be in attendance, bannock and refreshments will be available.

Films and the Filmmakers – curated by Distribution Director Monica Lowe of the WFG

WAB KINEW`s Good Boy – feat Lorenzo and Little hawk – music video created by the youth of NDINAWE Patrick Ross – by Ervin Chartrand Nikamowin/Song – 11 mins – Kevin Lee Burton OK, Now What by Jeff Bruyere – 2 mins I`m Metis – by Christian Goulet R Seymore Goes North by Rhayne Vermette – 3.5 mins Kwoni by Caroline Monnet – 2.5 mins Two Scoops by Jackie Traverse – 3 mins IKWE by Caroline Monnet  - 5 mins 504938C (6 mins) by Ervin Chartrand Journey My Heart by Reil Munro Zwei Indianer Aus Winnipeg by Darryl Nepinak – 2.5 mins Good Morning Native America (5 mins) Darryl Nepinak Maiden Indian – The Ephemerals – 3.5 mins Drezden`s NIghtStand – by Joe E. Ironstand music video Empty by Jackie Traverse – 5 mins

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CSI Summer Enrichment - Girls & Boys Club  Aug 6, 2013 Students from David Livingstone & Norquay Schools

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Jackie Traverse Exhibit & Reception: July 2013

Neechi Niche Arts Store and Gallery was very pleased to host an Artist Reception focussed on brilliant and provocative, contemporary Aboriginal art by Jackie Traverse (who also did the Three Sisters wall art in our produce courtyard). The reception, at Neechi Commons, 865 Main St., Winnipeg, on July 19 included a very engaging and witty verbal presentation by Jackie.20130719 JackieT #2 20130719 JackieT #1120130719 JackieT #4 20130719 JackieT #8 Among other things, her art show challenges the viewer to reflect on positive human values by portraying contradictions to those values; some of the tough perceptions that she has encountered. This special art exhibit will continue to be displayed in and adjacent to our restaurant on the 2nd floor up to August 1, 2013. 20130719 JackieT #520130719 JackieT #7 20130719 JackieT #12 20130719 JackieT #1620130719 JackieT #13

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 JACKIE TRAVERSE – EVER SICK – 3 Collections of Work EVER SICK is used as slang in the Native community. We say it endearingly to one another when teasing, and to make a person stop and check their behaviour. EVER SICK can be used in jest, in fun and sometimes in a meaner tone. The first collection of work is my CHILDHOOD MEMORIES. The series is based on how I perceived things as a child. The way my mom used trickery to get me to listen, as well as showing the era I was growing up in the 70′s. It encapsulates my childhood moments through observational humour skewed through the exaggerations of a child’s mind. Many images are based on my family and stories that were told. When I was a little girl they used to call me Munjeeshtegon. I always thought that it was my Indian 20130712 Jacquie T #1 name. Then I found out it meant big head. There was the time I was told that children’s aid had come to the house and taken all my kittens to foster homes. Or one night when I was four, I woke up in the middle of the night and saw my uncle pull red snakes out of his nose. I never liked him after that. In reality he had broken his nose and was pulling the cotton batting out. The second series is SEVEN. It illustrates the seven teachings (honesty, humility, truth, wisdom, love, respect and courage) and the continued relevance of these notions in the scope of contemporary life. Employing the Woodland School esthetic in a bawdy, frequently funny take on modern urban realities, including bad sex, domestic discord and love gone wrong. It all started with a conversation I had with my cousin who has never been lucky in love. She always seemed to attract losers. She was in the middle of telling me about her latest boyfriend whom she recently met at a bar here in Winnipeg when she stopped to tell me about a dream she had. In the dream she saw two eagles flying in the sky; in a circle a small eagle was in the center and a larger eagle was on the outside. SJT - Seven LoveShe was in awe of how beautiful these eagles were, when all of a sudden the big eagle swooped down and scratched her eyeballs out carrying them away. My cousin continued to tell me about her boyfriend, who didn’t sound any good to me. I thought about, how the eagle represents love in the teachings. It was obvious she was looking for love in all the wrong places. The last series is BABY GAT. It is 16 paintings of children and babies in gangs.JT - BabyGat Here I am talking about the next generation of children in gangs, how our children being brought up in a gang culture will reproduce and breed future gang members. Children live what they see and if these are the guiding forces in their lives then we can expect them to live out that gang land mentality. I am really happy to be showing these three series of work at Neechi Commons. I was born and raised in the North End and I lived on Main St a few times with my mom and grandmother. Sometimes living at the Occidental and another time directly across the street from the new Neechi Commons building. It feels good to bring the work to the North End .This work is rich in North End humour, this work is for the people, for the single mom, the marginalized person on the street. If I can make these people smile and reminisce then I feel the work is good.   JACKIE TRAVERSE BIO Jackie Traverse is Anishinabe from Lake St Martin she is the mother of three daughters. Jackie is a graduate from the School of art at the University of Manitoba in 2009. Jackie’s work reflects her life experiences, she likes to use humour in her work. Jackie is well known in the aboriginal community for her Traditional woodlands work (image SEVEN Series LOVE)

 

 

One response to “1. Art & Cultural Events

  1. Frances

    WOW!!! This is the first time I’ve heard of artist Jackie Traverse. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen her around our ‘lovely’ city sometime/someplace or another. I find her art work incredibly interesting, humorous and can relate to some. I wished I’d heard/read about the July show before today.

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